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Cost-Share Incentives

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From: Bill Jenkins
Joliet, IL
Which state(s) provide the most incentives/programs to hardwood timber growers?

Tax breaks, low cost seeds, low cost department of forestry consultation/support, etc.

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Bill:

I'm only familiar with the cost-share incentives here in Illinois -- you'll have to visit other states' forestry websites for their forestry cost-share offerings.

Illinois' flagship forestry program that guarantees the lowest possible property tax assessment is the Forestry Development Act (FDA):

Another option is the state's version of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP):

Illinois also offers a nice suite of federal USDA Farm Bill conservation program offerings for tree planting / forestry with the following two programs being the most popular: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). To enroll in these programs, a producer needs to visit their county USDA Farm Service Agency office.

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